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  1. You could go up to 8 or 9% on the FO. I've never seen the need to go higher than that. A good parrafin or parasoy tart will be plenty strong at 8%, and the infrequent times I've gone up to 10% I've never noticed a difference.
  2. It does! I love rooibos tea. That's actually my favorite blend to drink, rooibos, orange and cinnamon. 😁
  3. Try the Cinnamon Bun from Aztec. It's one of my favorites, really strong throw and a superb buttery Cinnamon.
  4. Flaming's Back Tea is incredible. Very similar to BB's black tea, just a little bit more mellow. If you mix it with Bergamot, it is an outstanding Earl Grey blend. I am also slightly obsessed with their Tea and Cakes. It's a very unusual mix of black tea and sweet cakes with a whisper of lemon. At first I wasn't a fan, but it is so mellow on burning, and it is a refreshing change from the usual bakery scents. I add a little Black Tea to it to cut down on the sweetness a bit.
  5. That is exactly how I feel about it too! It is a great bakery scent, but I like the CB more. I also like the Bread Pudding more than Bears CLaws as a similar but different spicy bakery scent. @Marleigha, their Sweet Bakery Dough is one of my favorite bakery scents ever. Not too sweet, very mellow and it pairs well with other candles if you like to burn multiple fragrances. The Zucchini Pumpkin Bread and Pumpkin Ice Cream are outstanding Pumpkin fragrances.
  6. That's a bummer, I just got a slab of 129 a few weeks ago. I haven't made anything with it yet. Maybe I'll pull it out today and see what it does. Do you have a softer wax like 125, or a soy wax? Sometimes I add a soft wax at a low percentage, like 5-10% to smooth out my tarts. I don't want to add much, because I like a hard tart, but a little bit can help smooth out some dimples or ripples to an acceptable level.
  7. In my experience, the softer waxes do not have longevity with their throw. A soft wax may have great initial HT as the melt pool will reach a high temperature quickly, but as you have noticed the throw diminishes significantly over the course of several hours. Are you using a coconut blend? I don't think that coconut wax is a great stand alone wax anyway, for any application. If you are ok with parrafin, I would suggest adding 40-50% hard paraffin wax, or switching to parrafin entirely. There is a reason why the big manufacturers use parrafin, it makes a fantastic tart! Also consider the size of the tart, .5oz is not a lot of wax. The fragrance may truly be spent in that tiny amount of wax after 8 hours, depending on the strength and quality of your fragrance oil. If you are married to the "all natural" concept, try blending palm wax with the coconut, 50/50, or try palm/coconut/soy at 50/30/20. Finally, what makes your tarts "luxury"? Are you going for visual impact? Unique fragrance? Price? Novel packaging? Marketing something as luxury has many different factors, performance being only part of it. It is very likely that you may need to be flexible with your waxes to create your product line, so don't be afraid to experiment.
  8. So glad it was something easily fixable!
  9. Hmmm, ok. I'm not as experienced with HP as I am CP. If that was a CP soap, and you've ruled out improper measurement, I'd say there was something wrong with the lye. Are all the bad batches made with the same lot of lye? For HP, the only thing I can think of, is if you are adding the super fat after the cook, it might just be too much super fat. Hopefully someone with HP experience will chime in. @Sponiebr @TallTayl @Candybee Oh, one more thought, have you changed fragrance oils? They'd can do some wacky things to soap batter.
  10. Just looking at your recipe, that is a pretty high amount of castor oil. You used that same percentage previously with no problem? Where do you get your lye? Do you masterbatch it or do you mix it fresh each time?
  11. Barn wood from Aztec smells like a dry sandalwood.
  12. Nantucket Garden is fantastic in CP. No d/c, scent remains strong after the cure. It is a lovely patchouli rose, with a hint of fruitiness. I really like Paradise Reef too, it smells very tropical but not in a typical pineapple or mango kind of way. Think water, exotic blossoms, with a hint of sweetness. I know I've used others from them, but those two come to mind first. What kind of fragrances do you usually soap with? I tend to lean toward cologne or perfume dupes, or fragrances that are light fresh.
  13. Candlewic does offer CBL 125 by the 51 pound case for only $112, shipping included. I'm sure that deal doesn't count if you add on other products, but for 51 pounds of wax, that's only $30 in shipping. I do agree for shipping regular orders, their prices are pretty lousy. Why is the FedEx option like half the cost of the UPS? I would definitely reach out to them and see if you could work something out for shipping samples. They are very nice people. I'm fortunate that I can drive up there a couple times a year and load up my car. The guys at the warehouse are awesome.
  14. Those are super cute!! I like that idea!
  15. I know Candlewic's shipping isn't good for most people, but I just want to put it out there that their blends are high quality and extremely consistent. I have been using their CBL 125 for several years now. It is very similar to 4630 and just a dream to work with. All the cases I have ordered look, feel, and perform the same over several years. Same with the 141 and the 129. I don't work for them, or get any kickbacks, I am just a customer who is very impressed with their product. 😁 I always feel a little guilty when I read about the struggle with other waxes. Knock on wood, I have never had a problem. That being said, I have an entire bag of HTP wick from them that are unusable, because the wick pulls out of the tab. 🙄 I suppose no one can be perfect! 🙃
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